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Tolkien's Ring
     

Tolkien's Ring

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by David Day
 

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In Tolkien's Ring, David Dayshows how theLord of the Rings is the result of an ancient story-telling tradition; and how, by drawing upon the world's primary myths and legends, J.R.R Tolkien created his own mythology for the twentieth century.

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In Tolkien's Ring, David Dayshows how theLord of the Rings is the result of an ancient story-telling tradition; and how, by drawing upon the world's primary myths and legends, J.R.R Tolkien created his own mythology for the twentieth century.

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"A mighty achievement, effectively described and celebrated in this lavish, handsomely presented volume."  —Times Educational Supplement

"Day's enthusiasm is infectious, and he concisely retells the myths he examines with some verve."  —SFX Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909108493
Publisher:
Pavilion Books, Limited
Publication date:
11/26/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
300
File size:
15 MB
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Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

David Day is a poet and author who has published 40 books. He has also been a magazine editor, a columnist for the Daily Mail and Punch. His books have won numerous literary awards and have sold over 4 million copies and have been translated into twenty languages.

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Tolkien's Ring 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
GOOD PARTS: First of all, this book is full of beautiful illustrations. I thoroughly enjoyed the comparisons drawn between Tolkein and Norse/Icelandic sagas as well as Arthurian legends. The connections were well-researched and inspired me to go read some of the primary sources of the legends, particularly the Saga of the Volsungs. I also love Wagner and appreciated the comparisons drawn with his Ring Cycle operas which I know Tolkein admired. And I bought the book for a great price at my local B&N store. BAD PARTS: Although a lot of good research went into this book, it could have used some more careful editing as the arguments are often poorly written. Worst of all - some of the legends mentioned are VERY far removed from Tolkein's story and I doubt that they inspired him at all. Knowing that Tolkein was a Christian, I expected the Biblical legends to be quite interesting, but the author chose to write about extremely obscure MEDIEVAL MYTHS about Bible characters, nothing actually from the Bible itself - and nothing really similar to Tolkein's stories at all! I wish the author had used footnotes so I could see where he'd gotten some of his crazy ideas! A big flop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent resource book for Tolkein fans who love the mythological background and Nordic myths. A must buy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
Gina04 More than 1 year ago
 An excellent resource book for any Tolkiens fan. A great way to get to know the author and his work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend this book to anyone who is interested in J.R.R. Tolkien's work (obviously) and worldwide mythology. Enough said. ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is great for the tolkien lover who likes to delve into the background of JRRT's work. very detailed, but can get a bit philosophical. a good read for a rainy weekend
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply awsome. Wonderfully illistrated... I love this book!